"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

December 23, 2015

“The Son . . . has made Him known.”
JOHN 1:18

Our God is a reconciling God. What has He not done in order for us to be His friends? In Christ, He has removed every obstacle so that relationship with Him can be possible. Listen to the following words from the great Puritan pastor John Owen on the hurdles that God overcame to restore a broken fellowship:

“But now, in Christ, we have boldness and access with confidence to God.

“In Him and through faith in Him,
we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

“This boldness and access with confidence the saints of old were not acquainted with. By Jesus Christ alone then . . . is this distance taken away. He has consecrated for us a new and living way (the old being quite shut up) ‘through the veil’ – that is to say, His flesh.

“For through Him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.”

“On this foundation is all our communion with God built. . . . upon this new bottom and foundation, by this new and living way, are sinners admitted into communion with God and have fellowship with Him. And truly, for sinners to have fellowship with God – the infinitely holy God – is an astonishing dispensation.”

Fred Sanders will preach our final sermon of 2016 from John’s prologue:

“Out of His fullness, we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known.”
JOHN 1:16-18

Be praying that God will be “made known” even as Fred preaches, and that 2016 will be a year when communion with God marks our everyday experience as the people of Grace.

Categories: Sermon Prep (LM)


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